Queensland Law Society

Federal Court scam warning

The Federal Court has warned of a potential virus or malware threat in emails purportedly sent by the court. An information statement released by the court says:

“The Federal Court has been contacted by a large number of people who have received emails, purportedly sent by the Federal Court on behalf of the Federal Circuit Court, subpoenaing them to attend court at a specified time. The email also requires the recipient to click on a link to both the court address and case related information.

“Neither the Federal Court nor the Federal Circuit Court issue subpoenas in such an informal way. These emails have not been issued by the Court and are fraudulent. Most importantly, anyone receiving such an email should not click on any of the links as they may contain viruses or malware.”

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) has also issued an alert on similar emails using the AFP logo.